ABS and side air bags standard. ESC standard from 2000. Head protection air bags standard from 2001. Rear side air bags available from 2007.
Previously called the GS400, the V8 version of this model received a 4.3-liter V8 last year and was renamed the GS430. Both this engine and the GS300's 3.0-liter Six are smooth, powerful, and linked to a superlative five-speed automatic transmission. But these competent rear-drive cars lack the optimal ride-and-handling balance of competitors like the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Handling is competent but unexceptional; braking is excellent. The quiet interior features comfortable seating up front, but the rear bench is just adequate.